Example of homes architect Henry B. Thomson designed.
One of the most frustrating trends in the country's historic suburbs is to tear down a historic home form the early part of this century to build a home of... See More on 4324 Saint Johns Drive, Highland Park, Texas
Highland Park Mediterranean Style Home
This Mediterranean style home designed in 1919 along Hackberry Creek in Highland Park, is significant both architecturally for its renovation and for who has lived in the home over the... See More on 4726 Drexel Drive, Highland Park, Texas
This stately home with the steep roof and renaissance detailing is well suited for the grand and almost ceremonial quality of Armstrong Boulevard in Highland Park. See More on 4236 Armstrong Parkway, Highland Park, Texas
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While Hal Thomson is often associated with grand and opposing homes, he often created charming homes including the one in which he lived. On Potomac you will find the best... See More on 3926 Potomac Avenue, Highland Park, Texas
This early home in Bluffview was designed by Hal Thomson in 1936. In 2002, Wilson Fuqua renovated this prominent Dallas estate, keeping the character of this home found on the... See More on 5022 Seneca Drive, Dallas, Texas
6801 Baltimore was designed by Hal Thomson for George T. and Isabel Brown Lee in the Spring of 1929. The solid brick exterior walls are reminiscent of the Georgian style... See More on 6801 Baltimore Drive, University Park, Texas
Swiss Avenue Historic Home
This home was designed by Hal Thomson in 1914 for George Greer, the president of Magnolia Petroleum Company, which later became Mobil Oil. Truly eclectic, the home is not true... See More on 5439 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas
Many consider the Aldredge House, a French Eclectic style home with Renaissance detailing, the high mark of eclectic architecture by Hal Thomson. The home is owned by the Dallas County... See More on 5500 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas
Thoughts on the Contributions of Architect Henry B. Thomson
Hal Thomson introduced the architecturally refined mansion to Dallas. He was an architect with a background of privilege, the son of a prominent Texas oil and cattle man. He was educated in elite private and preparatory schools before he attended the University of Texas, followed by an additional bachelor's and master's degree from MIT in 1906. He traveled extensively in Europe and studied its period architecture. His society bearings were furthered when he married the daughter of J. B. Adoue, the prominent banker and civic leader in Dallas in 1914.He designed the Southwestern Life Building and his own home at 3925 Potomac and designed far more elaborate and grander homes on Swiss Avenue and in Highland Park. Many consider the Aldredge House, a French Eclectic style home with Renaissance detailing, the high mark of eclectic architecture by Hal Thomson. The home is owned by the Dallas County Medical Auxiliary. He moved as easily within his profession as president of AIA, as he did in his social circles as a member of the Dallas Country Club. Every Dallas architect who designs eclectic homes has been influenced by Hal Thomson. Hal Thomson homes can be identified by the gentle curves, bowed front porches and an intuitive grace and planned proportion that permeates the structure.